With a victory, United (37 points) claims first place in the Eastern Conference and the top slot in the Supporters’ Shield race ahead of Sporting Kansas City (39) and the Seattle Sounders (38). Houston is 0-6-2 over the past eight league matches but has never lost to United at home in any competition.
Reading material: Profiling rookie center back Steve Birnbaum, the No. 2 overall draft pick who has started the past seven league matches for United.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET.
TV: Comcast SportsNet, Univision Deportes.
Radio: WJFK 106.7 FM.
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic.
Game-time weather: 88 degrees, 51 percent humidity, 10 percent chance of rain.
United’s all-time record in Houston: 0-10-1 with five goals for, 23 conceded (regular season, playoffs, SuperLiga at Robertson Stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium)
DCU lineup: Hamid; Franklin, Boswell, Birnbaum, Kemp; Neal, Kitchen, Arnaud, Rolfe; Silva, Johnson. Subs: Willis, Opare, Shanosky, Jeffrey, Martin, Seaton.
(DeLeon and Korb had leg tightness and skipped this trip. Espindola, recovering from a knee injury, did not travel. He is close to 100 percent, but not quite there. Expected to travel to Real Salt Lake next weekend.)
HOU lineup: Hall; Sarkodie, Horst, Taylor, Beasley; García, Garrido, Clark, Davis; Barnes, Bruin. Subs: Deric, Ashe, Cochran, Carrasco, Driver, Ownby, Cummings.
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